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Prunus andersonii (Desert peach)
Reveal, James L.

Prunus andersonii

Prunus andersonii A. Gray

Desert Peach

Rosaceae (Rose Family)


USDA Symbol: PRAN2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A spreading, deciduous shrub, 3-6 ft. tall, with short, stiff, prickly branches. Its best attribute are the rose-colored flowers that occur in showy clusters. These are followed by a brownish fruit.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr


Native Distribution: E. slope of Sierras, e. to w. NV
Native Habitat: Dry slopes & mesas from 3500-7500 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: Prunus species may be rooted from dormant hardwood, softwood, semi-hardwood, or root cuttings. Semi-hardwood and softwood cuttings taken in summer root easiest. Germination of most seeds requires treatment. Some species need a period of after-ripening.
Seed Collection: Collect fruit when it is filled out, firm, and its ripe color. Clean seeds from pulp and briefly air dry. (Seeds to be sown immediately in fall do not need drying.) Storage viability is maintained at 31-41 degrees
Seed Treatment: Stratify seeds in moist sand for 30-60 days in a greenhouse, then cold stratify (36-41 degrees) for 60-90 days. Other methods: crack bony endocarp; or soak 2-3 days in water (changing water 1-2 times per day is beneficial) at room temperature, then give
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

USDA: Find Prunus andersonii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Prunus andersonii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Prunus andersonii


Record Modified: 2019-12-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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